Item description for Deathworld by Harry Harrison...
A legendary science fiction story, this trilogy, brought back into print in one single volume, presents hero Jason dinAlt as he discovers three separate planets. dinAlt finds excitement and intrigue as he investigates Pyrrus, a strange place where all the beasts, plants, and natural elements are out to destroy man; the unknown second planet, where every man has to kill other men or live as a slave; and Felicity, where creatures are bred for thousands of years for a single deadly purpose. Well known to fantasy and science fiction enthusiasts, this tale portrays exciting adventures filled with the elements of classic characters and plot twists.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2005
Publisher Benbella Books
ISBN 1932100415 ISBN13 9781932100419
Availability 0 units.
More About Harry Harrison
Harry Harrison is the author of "Deathworld," "Make Room! Make Room!" (filmed as "Soylent Green"), the popular Stainless Steel Rat books, and many other famous works of SF.
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Pulp Science Fiction at its best Jun 13, 2008
Harrison might well be known for his short story "Make Room, Make Room" which was the basis for teh classic movie "Soylent Green". This is not 7000 page long epics like something from Asimov. This is pulp science fiction at its best. Our Hero, Jason Din Alt is just that. A hero. He could have been played by any modern top actor. Dynamic and smart and, yeah sure, a of a smart alic but what does that mater. The character has a mild Psy ability that allows him to "help" the odds while gambling at dice games. His skill draws the attention of the Pyrans in their desparate battle for survival. The World images are harsh and strong. The stoic attitude of the Pyrans in their struggle is harsh and pulls at you. The solution is a science fiction classic. The other two stories take us to other worlds where death is at ever doorstep. Here we have a hero that uses his brains to solve problems. Much like teh Stainless Steel Rat series. Brains prove more powerful than brawn.
Mediocre At Best Sep 28, 2006
There are three main reasons to why I did not enjoy this trilogy. First, the story and overall flavor is a bit juvenile. The first story in the trilogy is decent, but the latter two were simple and uninteresting. Second, the main character of these stories is incredibly annoying. A know-it-all, the book repeatedly showed how great the main character was in stark contrast to the rest of the characters who are portrayed as stupid, and well below the greatness of the main character. Third, several things bothered me with the writing style of the books. The author used a lot of words and phrases over and over again. "Jason shuddered" must have been used at least two dozen times, trying to show how much smarter Jason was than the other characters. Also, the second book tries to get philosophical and really does a poor job. The author attempts to promote moral relativism, but does so in an overly obvious dialogue between two characters. I appreciate philosophy in narrative, but it must be done well like CS Lewis and Arthur Clarke. All this to say that the book is a disappointment, there are much better science fiction books out there to read.
Must read! Aug 31, 2006
I refer to Deathworld and the others in the triology everytime someone asks me to recommend a SF classic. Believe it or not, I still have the fan magazine where it was first published. Unfortunately, this was the high point of Harry Harrison's career. The Stainless Steel rat series was good (but should have died several volumes earlier), and so was Soylent Green; but Harrison never again captured the magic that was Deathowrld... and I believe I have read and own them all.
Imagine a planet where the grass has curved, needle sharp tips, you sit on a rock and the lichen tries to get you, all the animals have one thing in common - kill the human invaders. Imagine that to survive you need to attend a pre-school for colonists and your survival skills never extend beyond "first grade". This is Deathworld.
If you never read another SF, at least read his finest - Deathworld.
where's the movie? Apr 15, 2006
The first volume of this trilogy is a deserved classic of science fiction and, even after all these years, holds up to re-reading. I am surprised it hasn't been made into a film.
The sequels are both fun and do complete the narrative neatly but never really reach the heights of the original novel.
Great, thrilling fun. A must for all sci-fi fans who have yet to read them.
Yay! Mar 9, 2006
I have a copy of the original printing of this trilogy that was in pretty bad shape when I bought it and now it is starting to just fall apart because I have read it so much. This is just the first book of the trilogy and it is really good. The second two books are also wonderful and I can hardly wait for them to come out again. In this book Jason must try to save an entire world from being annihilated by the native lifeforms. The people who settled this planet are bullheaded and very violent, they have to be to survive.